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    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Sedum acre

biting stonecrop

biting stonecrop

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  • Other common names biting stonecrop
    wall pepper

    bird's bread
    common stonecrop
    country pepper
    creeping Charlie
    creeping Jack
    ginger
    gold dust
    golden moss
    Jack of the buttery
    love and tangle
    prick-madam
    pricket
    tangle tail
    wall moss
    wall paper

    see more
  • Family Crassulaceae

  • Genus Sedum may be annuals or herbaceous or evergreen perennials with succulent stems and leaves and clusters of small, star-shaped flowers in summer or autumn

  • Details Biting stonecrop is a mat-forming, hairless, succulent perennial with small, ovoid, fleshy leaves close to the stems. Flowers are five-petalled, yellow and star shaped. They bloom from May to July. Bees enjoy its nectar

  • Plant range Europe Africa Turkey

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Toxicity Sap can be a irritant

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H7

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height Up to 10 cm

  • Ultimate spread

  • Time to ultimate height

How to grow

Cultivation May grow on a wide range of soils and be invasive. As it's drought tolerant this plant naturally occurs on well-draining such as dunes, grassland, cracks on walls in sun

Propagation Propagate by seed or division

Suggested planting locations and garden types Coastal Wildlife Gardens Rock Garden Wildflower meadow

How to care

Pruning None required

Pests Trouble-free

Diseases Trouble-free

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